Books 1-3: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, and Club Dead.
Harris certainly knows how to write a fun female protagonist. Sookie Stackhouse is waitress. She’s unschooled, doesn’t have a typical education, but has a lot of people smarts. Why? Sookie is a rare human telepath in a world filled with vampires who’ve come out of the coffin, were-people (who have not) and other supernatural creatures/goddesses, etc.
It’s a world that’s cock-eyed, but what saves it is Sookie’s point of view, and her extremely quirky brother and family. Sookie is enamored of Bill the Vampire, at first because she can’t read his mind. He’s a closed book. For a vampire, he’s a nice guy…but is he a Nice Guy ™?
The first three books touch on sex addiction and unhealthy relationships, which gradually even Sookie realizes is what she suffers from with Bill and his boss, Eric. Like another famous vampire groupy in another book/movie series, her blood is different, irresistible, and all the male vampires want to have sex with her–and tell her! Sookie appears to take all the sexual desirability into stride, though. She doesn’t take the guys lying down–not all the time! And has enough back-bone to kick them out of her life periodically.
As much fun as I was having reading Harris’ books, I started having reservations about all the hawt sexxing Sookie has with Bill and Eric (does she never have bad or ordinary sex? Does that not exist in this ‘verse?). Why do so many of the decent female characters, other than Sookie, end up dead, deader and deadest, or have minor roles or are negative?
I’m glad I read the series up until the third book, but I probably won’t read too much farther on. I do recommend the first three, if only to experience a woman in an urban fantasy style book who has a talent, but considers it a handicap-at least for the first few books. Sookie is a lot of fun.
The TV series–please comment on that here, too, if you want! Compare and contrast! What do you think of the book series, and the cable series?